Striving to share our love of art with the community, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts regularly organizes a number of exciting events. Whether you’re interested in joining one of our art classes, you’d like to explore the world of portrait photography, or any number of other topics, be sure to view our calendar below to learn about the events that we have planned.

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Framing Moments: Photography from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Curated by renowned author, curator, historian, and photographer Dr. Deborah Willis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Framing Moments: Photography from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers a distinct and inclusive overview of photography in the United States and beyond.…

Professional Practices for Artists: Finding Artists’ Opportunities

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Dive into some tactics for finding opportunities as well as reviewing some of the common documents and items needed to apply. Come to this class prepared to meet fellow artists, brainstorm, and receive solid information about the first steps in developing your career in the arts.

Earring Geometry

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

This workshop utilizes minimal tools and jewelry wire to create simple and impactful designs. Students will be introduced to wire working to create geometric hoops, custom earwires, and dangling focals using basic plier sets. Incorporating beads and found objects will also be covered. A suggested supply list may be obtained by contacting . $35 / Members:…

Intro to the Drop Spindle

Whether spinning has just piqued your interest or you’ve mastered the wheel and want something more portable, the drop spindle offers a simple, affordable, and compact tool for creating handspun yarn. In addition to the basics of spinning and plying on a drop spindle, students will be introduced to how weight, size, and design all…

Stacking Rings

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Texture, size and solder three stacking rings! Make one ring with sterling silver and two with copper, brass or bronze.

Keum-Boo

Keum-Boo is a technique used to apply thin sheets of gold to silver. Learn how to apply Keum-Boo foil to a fine silver sheet using easily accessible household items.

Bowl and Sun Catcher-Kiln Fused Glass

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Explore kiln-fused glass art! Make a 5” or 4”x6” slumped bowl and a window hanging sun catcher using beautiful transparent and opaque glass, frit, confetti and stringer.

Unveiling American Genius

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

This reimagining of the KIA permanent collection will illuminate the ingenuity and innovation that arise from all corners of American society. Unveiling American Genius demonstrates our commitment to an increasingly more inclusive and diverse representation of American artists within our holdings. The exhibition will explore key stories that women, African Americans, Latinx and other artists…

Precious Metal Clay/Fine Silver, Sterling Silver and Bronze

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Explore Metal Clay and make a variety of beautiful pieces of jewelry. Create several pieces of jewelry including earrings, pendants, beads, charms, and embellishments that will be kiln fired

Advanced Practices with Colored Pencils

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Love colored pencils but not the tedious, time-consuming process? Learn how to create painterly effects quickly using Prismacolor Art Stix and solvents!

Zine Workshop!

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Do you have something you want to share? Make a zine! A zine is a self-published booklet that often covers a single topic with the purpose of sharing information. Zine is short for magazine, and typically these small texts are fun to make, inexpensive to produce, and easy to distribute.

ARTbreak

Colleen Woolpert The Kalamazoo-based artist and inventor invites us to do a double-take. An identical twin born on Halloween, she will share projects related to her uncanny life of directed serendipity, her practice of using wonder as a social activist tool, and her fascination with vision-including her current "In-Depth Kalamazoo" stereograph exhibitions.